Malabon LGU, PCUP forge partnership to assist informal settlers living along Tullahan river

Malabon LGU, PCUP forge partnership to assist informal settlers living along Tullahan river

MANILA — The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) on Wednesday forged a partnership with the Malabon local government unit to assist and strengthen the coordination with the urban poor communities living along the Tullahan River.

During the meeting, Malabon Mayor Jeannie Sandoval and PCUP-National Capital Region Commissioner Rey Galupo both agreed that the informal settlers living along the Tullahan riverbanks are constantly challenged by weather disturbances and flooding as such, something must be done about it.

The Tullahan River stretches from Malabon through Valenzuela and has been a home to a lot of informal settlers, north of Manila.

Sandoval said different administrations have come and gone but the same issue arises each time there is bad weather because of the refusal of the informal settlers to leave the place and be evacuated.

“We cannot convince them to leave every time there is a bad weather and it has been a continuing problem for the local government,” Sandoval said, adding that the city has regularly sent rescue teams in the area to ensure the safety of the informal settlers.

She said she welcomes the assurance of the PCUP-NCR Commissioner’s office to engage the informal settlers in dialogues to help assure that the LGU and the national government is committed to look into their plight.

Galupo, on the other hand, said the PCUP is mandated to serve as a direct link of the urban poor to the government in policy formulation and program implementation addressing their needs, “and therefore it is imperative that we should go directly to our constituents to hear their collective voices.”

“We laud the Malabon LGU leaders for its commitment in serving the urban poor communities and for coming up with viable programs that could alleviate their condition,” he said.

The PCUP official also attended the city’s “Angat Dunong Serbisyo Program,” where more than 100 urban poor beneficiaries were given livelihood assistance through its Community Urban Poor Affairs Office.

Galupo also promised to coordinate with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to help in the city’s training program for their beneficiaries.

“It is going to take a lot of effort for our national and local leaders to address the problems of the informal settlers. But with the spirit of bayanihan taking shape, then maybe we can still dream for a better future for our urban poor communities,” he said. (ai/mtvn)

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